Tesla Model S crashes into truck in Utah

Tesla Model S crashes into truck in Utah

In a couple of recent tweets Musk downplayed the accident itself, emphasizing the fact that the only injury the Tesla driver had sustained was a broken ankle, when, he argued, it would have been much worse in any other auto.

While consumers nationwide have reason to be on edge when it comes to the fast-growing self-driving auto industry, Tesla's Autopilot feature has been a hot button issue for some time now, despite the company touting it as "the future of driving". The driver of the Tesla, who was taken to the hospital with a broken foot, has yet to be named, and police reported she did not brake before impact of the crash.

On a May 2 earnings call, Musk said Tesla would conduct "a reorganization restructuring" this month, without providing more details.

Tesla faces a slew of other issues, from increased skepticism over its finances to safety probes by regulators. The company, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada, area, tells drivers the system requires them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so they can take control to avoid accidents. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost".

A USA traffic safety regulator on May 2 contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes.

"It certainly needs to be better and we work to improve it every day, but flawless is the enemy of good", Musk tweeted.

Police said they had been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash.

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On Sunday, the N.T.S.B. said it needs Tesla to decode the data recorded by the vehicle.

In another Twitter message on Monday, Musk said the "probability of fatality is much lower in a Tesla", saying Tesla would begin reporting safety numbers from the second quarter of 2018.

Musk said "the probability of an accident with autopilot is just less", and he insisted the vehicle had functioned exactly as it was created to in the California crash. He described news reports as "super messed up" because Tesla accidents, including one that just resulted in a broken ankle, are garnering headlines.

A photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck.

"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", he said in a tweet.

Despite the rocky relationship between Tesla and the NTSB, agency spokesperson Keith Holloway said he's still uncertain as to whether the agency will open an investigation into the accident.

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